Gilbert Gottfried, 67, suddenly and tragically dies from heart failure


Legendary stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried dead at age 67 from “extremely rare” heart disorder that he had reportedly been fighting for years.

Gilbert Gottfried, the actor and iconic stand-up comic, has died at age 67. He was noted for his raw and rash voice and obscene gags. The cause of death is reported to be recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a extremely rare disease.


Gilbert Gottfried made a lasting impression on many children as Jafar’s loud-mouthed parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin. He was one of the most recognisable and beloved comics in the stand-up world, and he consistently maintained a high level of energy throughout his career, even in his dying days.

Sadly, his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz confirmed statement made earlier today that the legendary stand-up comedian, Gilbert Gottfried, had passed away due to an extremely rare heart disease.

Young Gilbert Gottfriend posing with his Disney Aladdin character Iago.
Young Gilbert Gottfriend posing with his Disney Aladdin character Iago.

According to Glenn Schwartz the comedian died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II.

Internet sleuths and conspiracy theorists were eager to attribute his death to a form of condition that, while exceedingly uncommon, can be brought on by vaccine problems, according to the theory.

According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology a 47-year-old male presented after 3 days of administration of the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine with fatigue, dizziness and palpitation followed by pre-syncope. Electrocardiogram (ECG) showed monomorphic ventricular tachycardia with a rate of 158 bpm.

However, Gilbert Gottfried suffered from a long-term illness known as myotonic dystrophy type II; an inherited muscular dystrophy that affects the muscles and other body systems (e.g., heart, eyes, and pancreas). Early reports claim that the heart failure was brought on by his rare illness.

From L to R: Bob Saget, Gilbert Gottfriend, Norm MacDonald, Jeff Ross.
From L to R: Bob Saget (dead), Gilbert Gottfried (dead), Norm MacDonald (dead), Jeff Ross.

Frank Santopadre, Gottfried’s friend and podcast co-host, gave a statement about the stand-ups passing: “Glbert’s brand of humour was brash, shocking and frequently offensive, but the man behind the jokes was anything but.”

He continued: “Those who loved and him were fortunate enough to share his orbit knew a person who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy and filled with a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder.”

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